AASCU’s sixth Opportunities for All webinar will focus on student success. It will feature recent research on public higher education institutions, particularly state colleges and universities (SCUs), as engines of upward social mobility, the role SCUs play as agents of change, and how AASCU’s Opportunities for All campaign provides a platform for this. The webinar is April 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) are calling for proposals for their 23rd annual conference, scheduled October 9-11, 2017, which will focus on The Urban Advantage. For suggested topics and information about presentation formats click here.
The deadline for submission is April 25.



Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Officials from Pittsburg State University and Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Kansas City signed an agreement Tuesday that paves the way for expanded research opportunities, technology exchange and closer collaboration between the two entities. PSU President Steve Scott and Honeywell Vice President of Engineering Robin Stubenhofer signed a master collaboration agreement in a ceremony at PSU’s Tyler Research Center, which is home to the Kansas Polymer Research Center. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s publicly supported healthcare system, collaborates with Tarleton State University to prepare the hospital’s nurse residency program for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Read more



Grants and Gifts

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A donation from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will support a Native American student internship program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Sequoyah National Research Center. The $3,500 donation will support the center’s Native American Student Summer Internship Program, which was created in 2010. Since the program’s inception, the center has hosted 21 Native American undergraduate and graduate students for summer internships. Read more
  • The Future Smiles Dental Clinic, coordinated by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Children International, received a $3,600 grant from America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation that will help nearly 1,400 at-risk children in the Little Rock School District have access to dental care. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor is a collaborator in a $1 million grant-financed project investigating how to use data from fitness trackers and environmental monitors to improve patient care in African Americans and Latinos diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Read more



Presidential Honors

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
The American Cancer Society recognized St. Cloud State Interim President Ashish Vaidya with a Making Strides plaque for his support for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Vaidya was one of 10 men to participate in the first Real Men Wear Pink of Central Minnesota initiative for the American Cancer Society in 2016. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is held on the St. Cloud State campus each fall to raise awareness and funds to support breast cancer research, services and programs. Read more



Awards and Honors

CSU Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands Director of Student Leadership & Career Development Amanda Carpenter, Ed.D., has been recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), a national organization. Carpenter is this year’s recipient of the Midlevel Community of Practice award, which honors excellence in mid-level professionals in student affairs and higher education. The ACPA presented the award during the 2017 ACPA Convention held last month in Columbus, Ohio. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)

  • HTV wins national media award Henderson TV (HTV) was awarded third place for Best Newscast in the Apple Awards national competition this winter. The award was presented at the College Media Association Conference in New York March 14. Read more
  • Henderson recognized for online learning excellence Henderson State University has been recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Land-locked Millersville University has been ranked in the top 10 in the country for a bachelor’s degree in oceanography by College Values Online. MU ranked number two based on tuition, financial aid opportunities, degree customization options and “wow” factors. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University

  • The Northland Innovation Campus, which serves as the home of Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City, is being honored by the Kansas City Business Journal with a 2017 Capstone Award. The awards recognize the metro area’s outstanding real estate and development projects completed in 2016, as determined by a panel of independent judges. The Northland Innovation Campus is recognized with the award for community impact. Read more
  • Dr. Tiebing Shi, an assistant professor of marketing in Northwest Missouri State University’s Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business, received the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education today during a ceremony with Gov. Eric Greitens in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Governor’s Award is sponsored by the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education and presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each of Missouri’s four-year higher education institutions. Read more

Sacramento State (Calif.)
Sacramento State Professor of Public Policy and Administration Robert Wassmer and student Devin Lavelle will be recognized by the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at its annual awards May 4. Wassmer will receive the Chester A. Newland Academic Excellence award and Lavelle will be honored as a Rising Star. Read more

Troy University (Ala.)

  • For the second straight year, all four of Troy University’s campuses in Alabama have been awarded the Tree Campus USA® designation by the Arbor Day Foundation. The recognition commended the commitment to effective urban forest management for the University’s campuses in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City. Read more
  • Dr. Priya Menon, associate professor of English at Troy University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to India from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. In her research, Dr. Menon will study and document a counter-archive of the typical success stories of emigration to the Arabian Gulf States disseminated by mainstream media in India. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will honor 14 of its top faculty members during the Faculty Excellence Awards Thursday, April 13. Three university-wide winners, who will each receive a cash prize of $5,000, will be selected in the categories of teaching, research, and public service. Read more
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Office of Communications and Marketing was recently honored with three awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Read more
  • For the third time in the past four years, the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has a top 10 national ranking for its rate of accepted students who enroll. Bowen ranked seventh in the U.S. News and World Report list of “10 Law Schools Where the Most Accepted Students Enroll.” Read more




University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Sandra Leiterman, a math specialist in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educational Center, created the first VEX University (VEXU) robotics team in the state of Arkansas. UA Little Rock’s squad, who dubbed themselves “Just a Prototype,” is made up of future math and science teachers looking to inspire their future students. Read more